Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.3.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: A little stop at the Big Easy as we open this hour with the trumpet of Al Hirt. We then head back north for that “city of fountains” as we listen to Wilburt Harrison’s, “Kansas City.” Cool down with that lovely Bill Pursell song performed by The Lettermen: “Our Winter Love.” We’ll team up Bette Midler and Barry Manilow for a good old Peggy Lee hit, “I Love Being Here with You.” Then we’ll top it off with Peg herself singing a hit song she recorded with Benny Goodman, “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Enjoy a smooth folk hit with the Brothers Four as they sing a song used in the John Wayne film, “the Alamo.” Hear some great Big Band swing with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra with the “King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin hit records by Dean Martin, Actress Debbie Reynolds, and a song where dad be-moans those “Rhythm and Blues” sung by the McGuire Sisters. Recordings by Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Merrilee Rush and much more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme open this set with a great Steve Allen song, “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big.” (indeed) Next, we’ll track one of many 1960’s hits for Engelbert Humperdinck, “Winter World of Love.” Petula Clark steps up to the mic for “It’s a Sign of the Times.” Frank Sinatra sings a come-from-behind hit that got the album renamed for the song, “Cycles.” Hear some lovely instrumental arrangements with Andre Previn’s, “Like Young”, Nelson Riddle’s “Lisbon Antiqua”, and Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops. We’ll spin a 1954 hit track that turned into one of Kay Starr’s biggest charting hits, “The Rock N’ Roll Waltz.” We’ll pair up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for a pop hit version of what was a country hit for Johnny Cash and June Carter. Jo Stafford sings a good old Hank Williams standard, “Jambalaya.” Listen to the Four Lads, Bobby Goldsboro, The Kingston Trio and more. See the lists, leave comments. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin kicks off this hour, “Just in Time.” Then get out your umbrella for some refreshing “April Showers” sung by Eydie Gorme. Nat King Cole performs a sweeping 1956 song with the Les Baxter Orchestra: “To The Ends of the Earth.” Listen to Bing Crosby sing a film song written by Victor Young, “Around the World.” Hear an A&M record set with Herb Alpert and the TJB followed by the Carpenters. Listen to some swinging Gershwin as Bobby Darin sings, “I Got Rhythm.” We’ll do a little “Learning of the Blues” with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Hear Rosemary Clooney sing a 1951 hit song written in part by a band leader who would later be the voice of David Seville and Alvin and the Chipmunks. We’ll spin a track by Perry Como called, “Round and Round.” Listen to a great piano hit from a 1966 film called, “Born Free” performed by Roger Williams. Hear Pat Boone, The Vogues, Dinah Shore and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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